Running, running and more running.
After the Ann Arbor Marathon, I decided to take the entire month of July off from racing. It has been marathon training and marathon racing January - June and I needed a break.
That break didn't last too long...
I created a self challenge and the recruited a few running friends to join in the "fun". Run everyday for the month of July. So much for "taking it easy". It's been fun, so far and for their efforts, I will give the person with the highest mileage for the month a little runners good bag.
We started on July 1st, which was a Monday (perfect for me since I prefer to have my weeks go mon-sun). Yesterday was the last day of week #2 and I am currently at 110.90 miles for the month so far. Week #1 was 53.95 miles and week #2 was 56.95 miles. I wish I had paid closer attention to my totals so that I could have made it an even 54 and 57 for each week. Anyway, this weeks goal is to hit 60 miles. If I can keep this up, July of 2013 will make my highest mileage month ever.
I have also finalized my 2013 race calendar. I still need to register for a few of these, but once I know I plan on running a specific race, I never back out.
Here's what I have for the balance of 2013;
August 3rd: Run Clark Lake 12K
August 10th: Run thru Hell 10 mile
August 17th: Somerset Stampede half marathon - my cousin will be coming to town from Illinois and this will be her first half!!
September 7th: Run Woodstock Marathon (trail) - running this as part of our 50K training.
September 21st: Dances with Dirt 50K (trail)
September 29th: Brooksie Way half marathon
October 20th: Detroit Marathon
November 10th: Monroe half marathon
November 28th: Detroit turkey trot drumstick double (5K & 10K)
I need a second job to start funding my race addiction!
Thanks to my loving husband, I recently received my 2nd pair of Adidas Energy Boost. I love these shoes. My last pair has over 650 miles on them (and 3 marathons!) and they just now began giving my aches and pains. Adidas has put out some fun colors for the new models. I love how bright these are!
I am also considering the Adidas Bostons as a shoe to add to my rotation. They are a neutral shoe and light weight. I would use them for hill work and easy paced runs, while running the Boosts on speed days, faster long runs and races. For years I have spent all my time running in a support shoe. I needed it when I started. I over-pronate. The Energy Boost are a cross between neutral w/ some support for those who over-pronate. When I run in my other shoes, they feel bulky and uncomfortable. Should I be going neutral? Who knows. Only time will tell once I start phasing out my others while adding the Bostons.